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Krups Km 8150 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

  Krups KM 8150 12-cup Programmable Coffeemaker   Donated by EverythingKitchens.com   Reviewed by: Brook Elliott   About 45 years ago came a revolution in American coffee making habits. Melitta made a big splash with its drip coffee making system.   It was a simple concept. Hot water would slowly ooze through a cone of ground coffee, steeping instead of boiling. This produced a clear, clean brew, with no muddiness or bitter oils.   Until then, most Americans made coffee in a stovetop percolator. A small minority, who’d been exposed to European... read more

Hunting Camp Cooking

If you belong to the first group, may as well stop reading right now. But if you believe in setting a fine table at hunting camp, then read on. What we'll be doing is exploring the problems and special conditions inherent in cooking "gourmet," given the restrictions imposed by time, location, and available tools and appliances.First thing to keep in mind is that you have to make some compromises. To be sure, I've been fortunate, in my work, to enjoy meals at some upscale hunting camps that would hold their own against anything served in a fine-dining restaurant. Such... read more

How to, What To, When To Sear

How to, What to, When to Sear Jim Berman CCI       Searing is profoundly necessary in the contemporary kitchen. Quick hits of serious heat can be a formidable technique for the right ingredients. And you can get some outlandish results. So why does searing prove elusive to even some otherwise competent cooks?   Fundamentally, the searing experience should start with a screaming hot sauté pan and a trace amount of high temperature-tolerant oil. The pan, preferably steel or cast iron should be dashed with a coating of fat. I stay away from the non-stick... read more

No Apologies

  Apologies have no place in the kitchen. Every movement is intentional, each gesture purposefully calculated. Every stroke, thrust and exploit have been prescribed as part of the cooking ritual. So, if Server Cody carelessly walks to the aft of a cook without the requisite “Behind!” bellow and gets burned, then Cody has, well, a scar to share with his friends at the next barbecue, and he has learned that cooks do not alter their paths for the sake of Cody’s peachy-white arm flesh. If Catering Coordinator Lady Sarah-the-Meanie gets barked at for doing some asinine... read more

Confessions of a Sell Out Chef

  • by PeteModerator

Written By Chef Peter Martin This past fall I found myself unemployed.  With the economy the in the middle of its downward spiral, this was not a good thing.  And being a chef in Wisconsin my prospects were few.  While job hunting I got a call from a friend who had recently made the jump from the restaurant world into the world of institutional foodservice.  He claimed that he was enjoying his job and the lifestyle it afforded him, and better yet, he knew of a position open in his company working as a food service director for the county jails, and felt I should... read more

A Brief Tour of American Barbecue

  • by PeteModerator

Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ, or Bar-B-Que, no matter how you spell it America has developed an insatiable appetite for the stuff.  Restaurants specialize in it, competitions abound, and backyard grill jockeys brag about their deftness at creating perfectly tender, spicy, smoked meats.  But with all this hullaballoo, I would bet that, if you asked the average person to describe barbecue the first thing they would mention is baby back ribs slathered with a sweet and spicy tomato based sauce.  While that certainly is barbecue, it is but one type of barbecue, and one that isn’t... read more

Gingerbread The Sweetest Smell Of Christmas

  By Peter Martin   "Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"       Sammy Cahn's lyrics are sung countless times over the holiday season, and as lover of the winter season I couldn't agree more with his words, but as delightful as that fire is nothing says comfort and warmth as much as the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.  The aromas of ginger and clove, the heady scent of cinnamon, and the deep earthy essence of molasses seems to rejuvenate and... read more

The Secret to a Sexy Fettuccine Alfredo

Oh yeah, show off those sexy cooking skills by whipping up a nice alfredo sauce that is not watery, very flavorful, and sticks to the pasta. For home cooks the easiest means to make an alfredo sauce has always been to buy it bottled... SHAME ON YOU! It's not hard to do and buying the ingredients to make it is not that difficult. I think the one issue people have with making alfredo sauce at home is dealing with the cream. "What do I use?" and "How do I get it creamy?!" are usually the questions I get and after many, oh so many, years of making it I am glad to share it to... read more

Artichoke Varieties

  Artichoke Varieties A Year-round Variety Description: Globe-shaped in winterand spring Conical in summer and fall Green color, some purple at base in summer Thorns prominent in summer and fall. Less developed in winter and spring. Compact appearance Winter harvests may show frost damage on outer bracts, a cosmetic defect only. Frost tends to enhance "nutty" flavor of artichoke. Size: 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, 60 count, large loose (cocktail) and small loose (baby)... read more

Tips for Americans on Eating Out in France

Here's what I've learned from experience, and a little research: GARCON! Calling the waiter, "Garçon!" is considered rude. You can address the wait staff as "monsieur," for men (meaning "sir") and the female waitresses as, "madame" (or "mademoiselle" for a younger woman).  FRENCH WAIT STAFF. A note about the wait staff in France: being a waiter is considered a dignified profession unlike the U.S. where one may wait tables simply to make money until they get a big break in another profession (like arts or theatre). Most Parisian waiters are dressed more... read more

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